LR Grow a team faster.
AI Yeah, and make sure the team ... I grew a team of one, me plus one other person, and I put too much responsibility on that one person at the beginning. Grow a team that specializes in exactly what they need to do.
LR Yeah, and how did that hurt you?
AI It hurt me because it did stunt my growth a little bit at the beginning. I wasn't able to leverage as much, and I was still the one doing most of the work even though I was outsourcing a little bit.
LR Usually for entrepreneurs, we don't grow a team, because teams are expensive. How would you recommend, again speaking to yourself back then, how would you have told yourself, "Hey! You need to have five people." How are you going to say for that?
LR How does that work?
AI That's a great question because, actually, that's one of the things that most my clients say when I say, "Okay. You need this person."
LR Yeah. They're like, "Are you going to pay for it?"
AI Exactly. You need to make the upfront investment, because the return on investment is crazy big. If you can just picture your business in five years, where you want it to be in five years, I believe that's how you should make every decision.
LR Yeah. The long view.
AI The long view. The bigger vision.
LR Would you recommend that entrepreneurs don't get started until they can afford to hire a team to create this thing?
AI Oh, no. I think you should always get started.
LR Just get started.